The Fort Smith Museum of History will host "Unmasked," on Saturday, Oct. 10, as a virtual silent auction fundraising event.


"Unmasked" is fundraising from a distance — a virtual fundraiser — conducted from a safe distance, keeping the public’s safety in mind.


The Fort Smith Museum of History was founded in 1910 as a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making it the oldest functioning museum in the state with a mission of collecting, sharing and preserving the history of Fort Smith and the region. Through education, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the museum educates the region about the history of the area, serving five counties: Sebastian, Crawford and Franklin counties in Arkansas and Sequoyah and LeFlore counties in Oklahoma.


"The financial impact of COVID-19 has been devastating to the museum," a news release states. "During these times of closures and social distancing, it has not been able to host visitors who seek to learn about the history of Fort Smith and the region by collecting artifacts, enjoying the soda fountain or participating in the museum’s events."


To avoid a large social situation, Fort Smith Museum of History invites the community to not join them in person, but rather aid this unique museum online during these times of financial need. Tax deductible donations may be made online at fortsmithmuseum.org, by phone at (479) 783-7841, by email at info@fortsmithmuseum.com or by dropping by the museum at 320 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith.